The Literature Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

A international examine the best works of japanese and Western literature and the subjects that unite them, for college students and fans of literature and reading.

The Literature Book is an interesting trip during the maximum works of global literature, from the Iliad to Don Quixote to the nice Gatsby. round a hundred crystal-clear articles discover landmark novels, brief tales, performs, and poetry that reinvented the paintings of writing of their time, no matter if historical Greece, post-classical Europe, or modern day Korea.

As a part of DK's award-winning titanic principles easily defined sequence, The Literature Book makes use of infographics and photographs to give an explanation for key rules and subject matters. Biographies of vital authors provide perception into their lives and different writings, and a bit on extra analyzing information greater than a hundred and fifty extra works to explore.

Discover masterpieces from the world's maximum authors, and discover the context, inventive heritage, and literary traditions that motivated each one significant paintings of fiction with The Literature Book.

Series evaluate: colossal principles easily defined sequence makes use of inventive layout and cutting edge photos, in addition to basic and fascinating writing, to make advanced topics more uncomplicated to appreciate. those award-winning books offer simply the knowledge wanted for college kids, households, or somebody drawn to concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a unmarried subject.

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Serviteur ! : Un itinéraire critique à travers livres et auteurs depuis 1945

By Maurice Nadeau

Toutes les routes et les chemins, tous les paysages et les jardins de l. a. Littérature, Maurice Nadeau les a un jour ou l'autre parcourus, quand il ne les a pas lui-même ouverts ou dessinés. Compagnon de path des Surréalistes, collaborateur du wrestle d'Albert Camus et Pascal Pia, il est le premiere nouveau critique à s'imposer à los angeles Libération. A ce titre, et à celui d'essayiste et d'éditeur, on peut le qualifier de "contemporain capital des Lettres".
Impartial et passionné, engagé et éclectique, il a voué sa vie au plaisir de lire et d'apprendre à lire aux autres, de découvrir et de faire découvrir. Son nom est inséparable de ceux de Genet, Borges, Leiris, Lowry ou Perec et de cent autres encore, synonyme d'indépendance et de liberté. Choisis parmi ses meilleurs écrits, culmination d'une large activité journalistique, ces articles, ces préfaces témoignent d'un demi-siècle d'admirations, de surprises, de rencontres. A les lire aujourd'hui, nous redécouvrons les fureurs de Céline, les réquisitoires de Sartre, les humeurs de Léautaud, les enfers de Genet, le strive against de Gide ou les désespoirs de Beckett comme s'ils éclataient pour l. a. première fois.
Une vie exemplaire, consacrée à los angeles Littérature, que Maurice Nadeau a su servir comme un consultant solitaire et influent, souvent en prophète, incontestablement en maître.

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Body Work: Objects of Desire in Modern Narrative

By Peter Brooks

the will to understand the physique is a strong dynamic of storytelling in all its types. Peter Brooks argues that glossy narrative is cause on uncovering the physique with the intention to divulge a fact that has to be written within the flesh. In a booklet that levels largely via literature and portray, Brooks indicates how the mind's eye strives to convey the physique into language and to jot down tales at the physique.

From Rousseau, Balzac, Mary Shelley, and Flaubert, to George Eliot, Zola, Henry James, and Marguerite Duras, from Manet and Gauguin to Mapplethorpe, writers and artists have again in fascination to the physique, the inescapable different of the spirit. Brooks's deep knowing of psychoanalysis informs his demonstration of the way the "epistemophilic urge"--the wish to know-guides fictional plots and our studying of them.

it's the sexual physique that furnishes the development blocks of symbolization, ultimately of language itself-which then takes us clear of the physique. but brain and language have to get better the physique, as an different realm that's basic to their very definition. Brooks indicates how and why the feminine physique has turn into the sector upon which the aspirations, anxieties, and contradictions of a complete society are performed out. And he indicates how writers and artists have present in the woman's physique the dynamic precept in their storytelling, its motor strength.

This significant ebook entertains and teaches: Brooks presumes no specific wisdom at the a part of his readers. His account proceeds chronologically from Rousseau within the eighteenth century ahead to modern artists and writers. physique paintings offers us a suite of analytical instruments and ideas-primarily from psychoanalysis, narrative and picture stories, and feminist theory-that let us to learn smooth narrative afresh.

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All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity (Short Circuits)

By Andrew Cutrofello

A specter is haunting philosophy -- the threat of Hamlet. Why is that this? Wherefore? What should still we do?

Entering from degree left: the philosopher's Hamlet. The philosopher's Hamlet is a conceptual personality, performed through philosophers instead of actors. He plays no longer within the theater yet in the area of philosophical positions. In eager about not anything, Andrew Cutrofello seriously examines the functionality heritage of this distinctive position.

The philosopher's Hamlet personifies negativity. In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet's speech and motion are traditionally adverse; he's the depression Dane. such a lot could agree that he has not anything to be joyful approximately. Philosophers have taken Hamlet to embrace particular kinds of negativity that first got here into view in modernity. What the determine of the Sophist represented for Plato, Hamlet has represented for contemporary philosophers. Cutrofello analyzes 5 facets of Hamlet's negativity: his depression, adverse religion, nihilism, tarrying (which Cutrofello distinguishes from "delaying"), and nonexistence. alongside the way in which, we meet Hamlet within the texts of Kant, Coleridge, Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Russell, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Benjamin, Arendt, Schmitt, Lacan, Deleuze, Foucault, Derrida, Badiou, Žižek, and different philosophers. Whirling throughout a country of endless house, the philosopher's Hamlet is not anything if now not thought-provoking.

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Distant Reading

By Franco Moretti

WINNER OF THE nationwide e-book CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD 

How does a literary historian prove pondering when it comes to z-scores, relevant part research, and clustering coefficients? The essays in Distant Reading ended in a brand new and sometimes contested paradigm of literary research. In providing them right here Franco Moretti reconstructs his highbrow trajectory, the theoretical affects over his paintings, and explores the polemics that experience usually constructed round his positions.

From the evolutionary version of “Modern eu Literature,” throughout the geo-cultural insights of “Conjectures of worldwide Literature” and “Planet Hollywood,” to the quantitative findings of “Style, inc.” and the summary styles of “Network conception, Plot Analysis,” the publication follows twenty years of conceptual improvement, organizing them round the metaphor of “distant reading,” that has come to define—well past the wildest expectancies of its author—a transforming into box of unorthodox literary experiences.

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The Romance between Greece and the East

The touch zones among the Greco-Roman global and the close to East symbolize the most intriguing and fast-moving parts of ancient-world stories. This new selection of essays, through world-renowned specialists (and a few new voices) in classical, Jewish, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Persian literature, focuses particularly on prose fiction, or 'the historic novel'. Twenty chapters both provide clean readings - from an intercultural viewpoint - of universal texts (such because the biblical Esther and Ecclesiastes, Xenophon of Ephesus' Ephesian tale and Dictys of Crete's Journal), or introduce fabric that could be new to many readers: from demotic Egyptian papyri via outdated Avestan hymns to a Turkic translation of the lifetime of Aesop. the amount additionally considers problems with technique and the historical past of scholarship at the subject. A concluding part bargains with the query of the way narratives, styles and motifs can have turn out to be transmitted among cultures.

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Reading T.S. Eliot: Four Quartets and the Journey toward Understanding

By G. Douglas Atkins

This publication deals a thrilling new method of T. S. Eliot's 4 Quartets via either an in depth examining and a comparability to Eliot's different works, particularly the poems The Waste Land, The hole Men, and Ash-Wednesday.

G. Douglas Atkins unearths that during 4 Quartets, incarnation is the common, undying development in Eliot's paintings.

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Young Adult Science Fiction (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

By C. W. Sullivan III

At the shut of the 19th century, American youths built a becoming curiosity in electrical energy and its functions, machines, and gadgetry. while authors and publishers well-known the level of this curiosity in expertise, they sought to create examining fabrics that may meet this marketplace desire. the outcome used to be technology fiction written particularly for teenagers. whereas critics tended to overlook younger grownup technological know-how fiction for many years, they steadily got here to acknowledge its sensible and cultural price. technological know-how fiction encouraged many teenagers to review technological know-how and engineering and helped foster technological innovation. even as, those works additionally explored cultural and social issues mostly linked to severe literature. Nor was once younger grownup technology fiction a primarily American phenomenon: authors in different nations likewise wrote technology fiction for younger grownup readers. This ebook examines younger grownup technological know-how fiction within the U.S. and a number of other international locations and explores matters important to the genre.

The first a part of the e-book treats the bigger contexts of younger grownup technology fiction and comprises chapters on its heritage and improvement. incorporated are discussions of technological know-how fiction for teens within the U.S. and in Canada, nice Britain, Germany, and Australia. those chapters are written by means of specialist participants and chart the background of younger grownup technological know-how fiction from the 19th century to the current. the second one component to the publication considers subject matters of specified curiosity to younger grownup technology fiction. a few of the chapters examine specific kinds and expressions of technological know-how fiction, reminiscent of motion pictures and comedian books. Others deal with specific themes, corresponding to the portrayal of ladies in Robert Heinlein's works and representations of warfare in younger grownup technological know-how fiction. another bankruptcy reviews the younger grownup technology fiction novel as a coming-of-age tale and hence is helping distinguish the style from technological know-how fiction written for grownup readers. All chapters replicate present learn, and the quantity concludes with broad bibliographies.

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Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake

This significant define of Blake's inspiration and remark on his poetry comes at the crest of the present curiosity in Blake, and includes us additional in the direction of an figuring out of his paintings than any past examine. here's a expensive and whole approach to the riddles of the longer poems, the so-called "Prophecies," and an indication of Blake's perception that would amaze the trendy reader. the 1st portion of the ebook indicates how Blake arrived at a concept of information that used to be additionally, for him, a concept of faith, of human existence and of artwork, and the way this conscientiously outlined procedure of principles came across expression within the complex yet constant symbolism of his poetry. the second one and 3rd components, after indicating the relation of Blake to English literature and the highbrow surroundings of his personal time, clarify the that means of Blake's poems and the importance in their characters.

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